Shea Ralph On Saniya Chong

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As UConn’s guard coach, assistant Shea Ralph worked hard on the recruitment of Ossining (N.Y.) High’s Saniya Chong. And Ralph’s very excited about her potential, now that Chong’s letter of intent is safely in possession.

“She’s like a wild horse, but in a good way,” Ralph said. “She plays with a lot of energy. She is going to be great in our system. She loves to play the full-court. She’s a great passer and can shoot from 30. You can’t really teach that, it’s all about her confidence.

“What we’ll do with her is show her how to play at a little different speed. She frequently plays 100 miles per hour, which I like. She works hard. But we’ll show her that you can’t do that all the time because it can be counterproductive. When you get here you need to learn that it is [playing all out] not necessarily the best way to do things. You need to slow down, make the right play. She will need to learn that facet of our system.”

“I would say Saniya is a one [point guard], but she is a scoring one. She’s a little bigger than most people think, but she is very comfortable with the ball in her hands.

“She’s more athletic than I was. She’s a better shooter than I was in high school. I was just mean [in high school]. She can get into little spaces and find people. I shot the ball more. I wasn’t really that much of a passer.

“And she can shoot the ball so well. I remember one night when she made like eight three-pointers in a row right in front of Coach Auriemma.”



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5 thoughts on “Shea Ralph On Saniya Chong

  1. Genosguy

    Shea has been listening to Geno too much. He said she was a shooter when she arrived and wouldn’t pass the ball. Not true. Shea was a team leader and team player. the toughest woman I’ve ever seen under the basket. Fast is good, but fast under control is even better. But a consistent 30 ft 3 pointer is even better. Welcome aboard Saniya Chong. You are coming to a place where fans love everything Women’s basketball –UCoNN!!!!

  2. Kenny

    If Chong is as tough as Shea was she is going to be fun to Watch. Shea will mould her into the player she is supposed to be.There will never be another Shea Ralph.

  3. bahmi

    “I was just mean”….there will always be only one Shea Ralph. Just a matter of time before this great player and spirit has her own stable of players somewhere….maybe in Storrs! Would that rock or what?

  4. Frank Daigneau

    Shea was a great player at UConn. One of the best. In time, under Geno’s care she’ll be a great coach too. But oh my God, in high heels, she’s incredible!!! :-)

  5. billnaples

    FRANK – you soiled and maybe senior citizen. In other words a dirty old man. That said, you are right.
    BAHMI – my wager is that the next head coach of the UConn Women’s Basketball team, but don’t know when, will be one Jennifer Rizzotti. The only hedge will be if Geno stays another 15 or more years.
    Just don’t say that too loud. You have to remember that the chair of one of those NCAA idiot commisions is the UHart president and he has already gotten a pound of flesh from UConn over the Men’s Academic Progress Rate. Makes a lot of sense to punish the school when all of the poor (underperforming) students and their head coach (Calhoun) are no longer there.

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